What happens when the story you've been telling yourself about the future is replaced by the story of what actually will be?
Welcome to Swearer Sparks, an online platform for stories of social change at Brown University.
Stefanie Kaufman ’17 was a typical teenager until the day her friend Brittany committed suicide. Here she talks about her work creating Project LETS, a suicide prevention organization focused on erasing the stigma around mental health and self harm.
Isabel DeBre '18 explores what it means to be visible and have a voice through the Tenderloin Opera Company, a theater and music group telling the story of homelessness in Rhode island.
Over 25 audio stories from community leaders boldly and creatively tackling social issues in Providence. Listen in.
Recent Stories on Sparks
Queen is a 2015 Social Innovation Fellow. She is the founder of Radical Cards, a bilingual card game that encourages young people, especially those who are identified as "marginalized," "at-risk," and "of color," to use their creative self-expression for interpersonal social reflection. This summer, she took Radical Cards to Oakland, San Francisco, New York, and Cabarete, Dominican Republic.
Yelitsa is a 2015 Social Innovation Fellow and a children's illustrator from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the founder of Healthy Roots, a toy company that designs dolls to celebrate the beauty of diversity and combat internalized racism and colorism. The Healthy Roots Kickstarter is currently live and they would love your support in promoting diversity in children’s toys.
Mariana is an iProv Summer Intern at the Rhode Island Center for Justice, which provides free legal services to low income Rhode Islanders in the fields of utility termination prevention, tenants’ rights, and workers’ rights. Her research is on utility termination for medically vulnerable households.